CRAZY GAMING FACT #1: Uniracers. Protective game, or racist hypocrite?
by, 17th March 2009 at 07:06 PM (1056 Views)
The game Uniracers for the SNES is a game by DMA Design. They are best known for creating Lemmings under their old name, but under their new name, Rockstar North, their most popular game series is one of a vastly different nature.
Uniracers is a game involving racing Unicycles and doing stunts and shit. Very fun. There is an option in the game to rename the various Unicycles. However, it will reject certain names, telling you they are "not cool enough".
The list of unusable names is made up of a wide variety things, from profanity (big and small) to weird stuff, viewable in its entirety at the offset 0x187C5 in a hex editor.
And a full list of that, free of weird formating...
What's even dumb is that no matter what surrounds it, if it is found in a name, it's not allowed. Sure, it prevents things like dumbass, but it also disallows screamer.shit
But even dumber, many profane words are unaccounted for. I could call a Unicycle "Titty", or "Vagina", or "Nigger". But god forbid if I want to call a Unicycle "Fudgepacker"! Never mind the fact that there isn't even enough space to name it that in the first place! Also, note how "Sega" and "Sonic" are not allowed, as a swipe at Nintendo's competition. The 16-Bit era was an intense console war indeed.
Back to the stupid, though. Besides the words that are too long to use in the first place (the limit is 8 characters), there are also words that are surprisingly tame or uncommon, especially against what they could've been preventing. Want to name your Unicycle "Bum"? Well that's too damn bad. Want to call it "Cretin"? That's also too damn bad. "Bugger"? Too damn bad.
But all this? Fuck yeah, go for it man! Note how "Weener" is not okay, but "Cock" and "Dick" are okay. Same goes for "Homo" and "Faggot". "Come", a legimate word is not fine, but the more-common-for-the-other-definition "Cum" is fine. "Hardon" is not okay, but if you put proper spacing, it's okay. This game's logic of names "not cool enough" hurts my head. And this is the company that would later go on to make Grand Theft Auto, so you'd expect they'd know to cover for those words.
By the way, while you can't call your Unicycle "Barf", the final opponent, the Anti-Uni, has an ability called Barf Mode that may activate (among other effects) if it touches you. It causes the background to move really fast.
Why would they use one of their own forbidden words? I know the Anti-Uni is supposed to be evil and all, though how evil isn't touched on (it just says it's arrested at the end), but come on! This may not seem like much in itself, but when you consider that they clearly forgot some dirty words earlier in favor of some harmless ones, this is clearly nothing more than sheer hypocracy!
You're probably wondering why there are two of the same Uni there. Well, the one on the left is the "real" Anti-Uni. The one in the middle is me. Normally, you're not allowed to use the computer controlled unis. So how did I do it? Find out...next time!
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